This weekend marked the 35th anniversary of Regina Cat Rescue's incorporation date in 1982. When the organization incorporated on Nov. 18, 1982 its primary goal was educate the public about the cruelty of the fur industry, but it wasn't long before the group of animal lovers saw the need for a cat rescue in Regina and took action. They undertook the creation of a Pet Rescue program for tame cats and a Trap, Neuter, Return program for community cats - two programs that exist to this day. To learn more about RCR's early days, check out this Q&A with Pat Vogt, one of the organization's longest-serving volunteers.
In celebration of 35 years of cat rescue, we wanted to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the volunteers, donors, sponsors and adopters who have supported RCR over the years. As a volunteer-run organization, we rely on the generosity, hard work and dedication of Regina's citizens and businesses. As we reflect on some of our key milestones we hope all RCR supporters feel good about all that we've been able to achieve together.
Nov. 18, 1982 - The Association for the Protection of Fur-bearing Animals is created. Later renamed People for Animals of Saskatchewan (PFA).
April 8, 2009 - PFA became a registered charity with Canada Revenue Agency enabling the organization to become adoption partners with PetSmart Charities leading to an increase in adoptions and funds.
Oct. 18, 2010 - Community cats registered to PFA become exempt from City of Regina licensing requirements saving valuable funds that could now be used for sterilizations instead of fines.
December 2012 - PFA received its first corporate sponsorship.
June 1, 2013 - PFA adopted pediatric spay and neuter policy so that no kitten leaves the organization's care unsterilized.
September 2013 - PFA received its first PetSmart grant to be used for targeted sterilization efforts.
May 2014 - People for Animals of Saskatchewan adopted new trade name of Regina Cat Rescue.
2016 - RCR set a new rescue record with 473 cats rescued in one year.
If you want to help Regina's abandoned cats and kittens, check out our volunteer job descriptions, sponsor a spay or neuter, support our fundraising efforts like the winter raffle, adopt a cat or donate - there's so much more work to be done!
-Rachel, Regina Cat Rescue